Bones or No Bones?

Noodle the Pug has captivated millions of hearts, here’s how.

Bones or No Bones?

Maggie Irizarry, Writer

If you’ve spent even a few minutes on Twitter, TikTok, or any social media platform recently, you’ve probably seen a post or two referencing whether today is a “bones day” or a “no bones day.”

The term “bones day” comes from a 13-year-old pug named Noodle. TikTok’s latest sensation centers on the pug. Thanks to his advanced age and the fact that pugs are not world-class athletes even in their prime, the first thing Noodle’s owner, Jonathan Graziano, tries to assess each morning is whether Noodle feels like standing up.

For the past few months, Graziano has picked up his elderly pug to a sitting stance, then he lets go to see if Noodle will hold the position or flop back to bed with “no bones.”

Bones days are indeed meant for sucking the marrow out of life: Buy those shoes, call that crush, ask for the promotion. Risk takers and fun-havers, these are the days you live for.

However, no-bones days can be just as fulfilling, if perhaps a bit more focused on self-care. “Ohmygosh, he just got rid of a demon,” Graziano says on a #NoBones video in which Noodle shifts slightly then lets out a big yawn.

“I think that means you have to confront your demons, whether that’s a screenplay or a crappy neighbor.”

Little does Noodle know the effect his “bones”, or lack thereof, have on TikTokers across the world, who delight in the little fella’s morning routine. One TikTok user shares in a video that word of Noodle’s powers has permeated all the way to the Pentagon, with a staffer starting a meeting with the phrase, “I don’t know if today is a Bones Day or not, so let’s just get started.” You love to see it!